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Real Estate Broker William "JR" Kuneth on His Successes & Favorite Montauk Memories

By Jeffrey Slonim | March 28, 2017 | People

William “JR” Kuneth taps into his lifelong Hamptons community to be one of Halstead’s top producing real estate agents.

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Halstead’s William “JR” Kuneth (inset) is listing this traditional, shinglestyle four-bedroom home at 107 Windmill Lane. The property comes with a heated pool and is within walking distance of Indian Wells Beach.

Back in the ’60s and ’80s, William “JR” Kuneth’s family bought property on the East End and began summering there, before they eventually moved to the Hamptons year round. “When my family came to Amagansett, East Hampton had mom and pop stores,” Kuneth recalls. “Amagansett didn’t even have stores. There wasn’t air-conditioning. Kitchens were done with Formica.” After graduating from Gettysburg College, Kuneth took jobs at a number of local restaurants before finally making real estate his full-time career.

Early days: “It took me a year to sell my first property,” Kuneth says. “Now I’ve been in real estate for 14 years. I’ve been the top-producing agent at Halstead twice since they took over Devlin McNiff. And in the second quarter of 2016, I was in the top 1 percent in property sales company-wide. I was number eight of 1,500.”

Secret to success: “I work all the time, but I also don’t allow myself to burn out. I’ve learned to enjoy going to the beach, and clamming, and playing with the kids. A lot of my listings come from people I have known since I was a child.”

Top listings: “107 Windmill Lane is a turn-key, traditional home with a large private backyard. It’s in walking distance from the center of town and Indian Wells Beach. Four bedrooms and two baths, it’s a shingle-style home with a heated pool and detached garage, selling for $1.775 million. The other [listing] is in East Hampton—two legal cottages on one property with a pool at 48 and 50 Accabonac Road. The original cottage is mid- to late-1700s, two bedrooms, two baths, that was moved there from Egypt Lane and has beautiful wideplank floors. And there is a one-bedroom, one-bath cottage guest house. That property is being sold at $899,000.”

Hamptons hobbies: “I’m an avid surfcaster. You’ll find me on the boulders in front of the lighthouse or on the beach.”

Montauk memories: “East by Northeast and The Hideaway—it’s simple picnic tables, burritos, cerveza, and you’re surrounded by boats.”



Photography by: photography courtesy of halstead east hampton, llc